Ph.D. On Campus

Materials Science and Engineering

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

48 months
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Materials very often set the bounds for what can be achieved by man. Materials Science and Engineering aims to push these bounds by investigating, understanding and engineering the relations that exist between the microstructure, the synthesis and processing, the properties, and the performance of all materials, i.e. of what we make all engineered structures from.



Thirteen different engineering science programs, customised PhD programs, cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors, a modern, fast-developing campus spread over some 10,000m2, close ties to industry: EPFL offers an exceptional student experience to young people planning a higher education in science and technology.

Research areas:

  • EPFL encourages a spirit of adventure and is committed to innovative projects bringing fundamental and applied research together - driving innovation and technology transfer.
  • EPFL has a unique organization that stimulates interdisciplinary research and fosters partnerships with other institutions. It combines ongoing basic research and engineering.
  • With more than 300 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of the Europe's most innovative and productive technology institutes. At EPFL the emphasis is on both theoretical and applied research.

Programme Structure

Research domains

  • Metallurgy
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers and Composite
  • Construction Materials
  • Structural Materials
  • Functional Materials
  • Materials Processing
  • Modelling and Simulation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be asked to upload a pdf version of the following documents:

  • Official transcripts of diplomas and grades from all academic institutions of higher education you list in your application (after and not including high-school)
  • Certified translations of diplomas and grades into English if not originally in French, German, Italian or English
  • Statement of objectives
  • A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lausanne

1609 - 1979 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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